Looking forward to voting in the gubernatorial election and can’t wait until Election Day on Nov. 6 to do so?
You’re in luck, because the Cook County Clerk is offering early voting at more than 50 suburban locations – including Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. – beginning Oct. 22 through Nov. 5.
The council chamber of the village hall will be open to voters Monday through Friday Oct. 22-26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 29-Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Sunday, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Monday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All early voting is conducted on touch screens, which store every ballot style in the county and allows suburban Cook County voters to cast early ballots at any suburban early voting location.
Registered voters do not need to provide an excuse for voting early, nor do they have to provide an ID, though the clerk’s office notes a government-issued ID is helpful if there are questions about a voter’s registration, address or signature.
In addition, people can register to vote at early voting sites, including Brookfield’s. Anyone registering to vote for the first time or filing a change of address must present two forms of identification, one of which shows the voter’s current address.
For more information on which forms of ID are acceptable, visit the Cook County Clerk’s website at www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/when-voters-do-and-dont-need-identification-id.
Since it may be more convenient for area voters to cast early ballots near their workplaces or for other reasons, a full list of suburban early voting sites can be found at www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/early-voting-locations.
However, there are several locations near Brookfield that local voters may find just as convenient, including the following:
Berwyn City Hall, 6700 W. 26th St.
Cicero Community Center, 2250 S. 49th Ave.
Cicero PSO Building, 5410 W. 34th St.
Hodgkins Village Hall, 8990 Lyons St.
Stickney-Forest View Library, 6800 W. 43rd St.
Early voting has proven to be popular in Cook County, with a record number of ballots cast – more than 350,000 – during the two-week period prior to the 2016 presidential election.
More than 6,600 of those ballots were cast at Brookfield Village Hall, according to the Cook County Clerk’s Office, in 2016 – an average of about 440 per day, with a high of 702 on the day before Election Day.